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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Developmental Disability Through Diverse Lenses and Settings

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Monday, December 5, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom North Salon

Session Description


AUCD poster symposia seek to deepen levels of engagement and connection between those interested in common topics. Posters have been hand-selected by a review committee and grouped by room around common themes. Facilitators will open each poster symposia with broad thoughts about the room's theme followed by a brief 2-3 minute presentation by each poster presenter, approximately 15 per room. Attendees will then have time for more in-depth exploration of the information presented and make connections with others in the room. Attendees are attend to select one symposia to attend during each time slot as space allows; pre-registration is not required.


Building a Future for the Most Vulnerable
Jean Johnson, DrPH, Professor, Center on Disability Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Infants and toddlers who have been removed from their homes for abuse and neglect represent a vulnerable population for special needs and disabilities. This presentation will describe an effort to build a brighter future for these babies.

Pejorative Language: A National Analysis of Continued Use of Mental Retardation by States Post-Rosa's Law
Carli Friedman, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate Departments of Dis, Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Rosa's Law, which changed references of mental retardation (MR) to intellectual disability within federal legislation, marked recognition by the federal government that MR is outdated and pejorative. However, Rosa's Law did not apply to many notable federal programs related to disability, such as Medicaid. This presentation explores if and how states continue to use MR despite federal and state regulations.

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SPEACS: A Team-Based Approach to Enhancing Communication for Students with Complex Communication Needs
Esley Newton, M.Ed., ACCESS Program Manager, Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Judi MacBride, Newark, DE, United States, DE - Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD;
Amy Brown, Newark, DE, United States;
Megan Conway, Newark, DE, United States;

This session will provide participants with an overview of the SPEACS framework and strategies for implementing collaborative models to support students with complex communication needs. Student outcome data, specific communication strategies and approaches to assist educators in providing access to the general education curriculum will also be discussed.

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Collaborative on Faith and Disability: A Network of UCEDDs Building Capacity and Vision Among Faith Communities, Seminaries, and Disability Organizations
Erik Carter, , Professor, Vanderbilt University, UCEDD/LEND
Sandra Horne, M.A., Bangor, ME, United States, ME - The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD;
Bill Gaventa, M.Div, Collaborative on Faith and Disability, Waco, TX, United States;
Eric Moody, Ph.D., Aurora, CO, United States, CO - JFK Partners/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.SW, Portland, OR, United States, OR - Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
Andy Roach, Ph.D., Atlanta, GA, United States, GA - Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND;
JoLynn Webster, Minot, ND, ND - North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD;
Jenny Hatfield-Callen, Kansas City, MO, United States, MO - University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND;
Harold Kleinert, Lexington, KY, United States, KY - Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, UCEDD;

This growing network of 16 UCEDDs is undertaking a constellation of projects aimed at supporting people with disabilities, their families, and professionals through leadership in the areas of research, education, service, and dissemination at the intersection of disability, religion, and inclusive supports. We will present an overview of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability and highlight recent resources and projects.

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Building Disability Inclusion into Emergency Preparedness: An Online Catalog for States and Communities
Cynthia Hinton, PHD, MS, MPH, Health Scientist, CDC
How have states included people with disabilities into emergency preparedness and what can we learn from them? This presentation describes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention�s (CDC�s) Disability and Health Branch Emergency Preparedness Catalog, its organization, and explains how this tool can help states, community-based organizations, and providers work together to include persons with disabilities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

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Patricia Patrick, DrPH, Director of Research, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Individuals with disabilities continue to face challenges within their community, including accessing their local libraries. While efforts have been made to reduce physical barriers, less attention has been paid to ensuring accessibility to library resources. This study sought to evaluate comfort and competency levels among library staff in assisting individuals with disabilities. Results indicate that training is necessary, with a focus on increasing awareness of existing tools.

Celebrating 40 Years as an Interdisciplinary UCEDD Project
Darren McIntyre, EdS, CDCI Assistant Director of Community Services, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, UCEDD
This presentation will provide an overview of the Vermont Interdisciplinary Team (VT I-Team) which is comprised of family, educational, and related services consultants. The VT I-Team provides technical assistance and training to families and educational team members for students with intensive special education needs from ages of birth to 22.

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Moving Supported Decision-Making into Policy & Practice: A Story from D.C. Schools
Morgan Whitlatch, J.D., Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Ryan King, Self Advocate, Project ACTION!, Washington, DC, United States;

Research has shown that students who have self-determination skills are more likely to successfully make the transition to adulthood. Yet, for students with disabilities, school personnel are the most common source of referrals for guardianship � a court process that removes the young adult�s legal right to make decisions. Come learn about Supported Decision-Making, a promising practice gaining momentum in the U.S., and its impact in D.C.

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A New Era of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University
Judith Holt, PhD, Interim director, Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
For over 40 years, Utah's Center for Persons with Disabilities has provided an array of services to people with disabilities and their family members. Now, on the footprint of the original CPD building, an innovative interdisciplinary center is under construction that will enable greater interdisciplinary collaboration in service delivery while training highly skilled human service professionals and enhancing the health and well-being of our communities.

Promising Practices for Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children with Disabilities: Voices from the PacWest LEND Leadership Consortium
Sally Stuart, PhD, UW LEND Associate Director/Training Director, Center on Human Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND
Erika Ryst, M.D., Reno, NV, United States, NV - Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Virginia Miller, Dr. Ph., Anchorage, AK, United States, AK - Center for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;

Maltreatment of children including children with disabilities is a critical public health issue. Pac-West panel members will offer examples of activities and programs to address the needs of children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment; present strategies for practice, research and advocacy; and share successes in improving their quality of life. Examples and strategies presented in this session can be utilized by a broad range of providers in participant�s communities.

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Self-Advocates and Researchers Partnering to Build a Safer Future
Rosemary Hughes, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, University of Montana
Susan Robinson-Whelen , PhD, Missoula, MT, MT - University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD;
Eleanor Bailey, Missoula, MT, MT - University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD;
Katie Arnold, MA, Chicago, IL, IL - Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;

A self-advocate and two researchers will present a poster on the processes used by self-advocates and researchers who partnered closely for the past three years with members of disability rights and violence prevention communities to conduct the first randomized, controlled trial of a violence prevention group program for people with ID (N=184). Presenters will share qualitative data provided by participants and group facilitators following their participation in the intervention.

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